Publication Date

1979

Degree Name

Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT)

First Advisor

Ruthanne Brown

Abstract

The Sound-Color Fidel represents in color all the sounds of modern Bengali and is designed to facilitate the easy recognition and reproduction of those sounds. The colored Spelling Charts are a group of phonic codes which include all the signs and spellings of written Bengali arranged in vertical columns corresponding to the Sound-Color Fidel. They are designed to organize and simplify the complexities of written Bengali. My paper explains the assumptions about teaching and learning I developed during the production of the charts, my understanding of the sounds and spellings of the Bengali language and their arrangement on the charts and my ideas for teaching with them. I made these charts in the hope of teaching Bengali pleasantly and naturally through the visual aid of colors to foreign learners, illiterate adults, children from illiterate backgrounds, and primary school children.

Disciplines

Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multicultural Education | Curriculum and Instruction | Phonetics and Phonology | Teacher Education and Professional Development